Undergraduate Minor

Minor in Popular Culture Studies

Minor in Popular Culture Studies
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Minor Undergraduate
College of Arts and Letters

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Undergraduate Program
Minor in Popular Culture Studies

The Minor in Popular Culture Studies, which is administered by the Department of English, is designed to provide students opportunities for in-depth study of popular culture texts, trends, and topics across a range of media.  The minor introduces critical approaches and methods of research in popular culture studies, as well as opportunities for practical experience with the Journal of Popular Culture or by engaging in scholarly conferences or public conference events that center on science fiction and fantasy, comics, gaming, and pop music.  The minor draws on the extensive resources in MSU Libraries’ Special Collections and other library collections such as detective fiction, video games, and comic art, offering students options to explore in depth the world-renowned resources available at MSU.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Popular Culture Studies. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to apply to the program should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of English.

Requirements for the Minor in Popular Culture Studies

Complete a minimum of 16 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (13 credits):
ENG 142 Introduction to Popular Literary Genres 4
ENG 340 Theory and Methods of Popular Culture Studies 3
ENG 342 Readings in Popular Literary Genres 3
ENG 440 Seminar in Popular Culture Studies 3
2. A minimum of 3 credits from the following courses:
ENG 308 Readings in Literature for Young Adults 3
ENG 324 Readings in Epic 3
ENG 325 Readings in Graphic Narrative 3
ENG 394 Popular Culture Experience 3
ENG 493 English Internship 1 to 3
FLM 255 Stars and Directors 3
Students who choose ENG 493 need to complete the internship with  the Journal of Popular Culture or an approved sponsor.
Students may also choose an approved elective from the following courses when the topic includes sufficient content on popular culture. Students should consult with the academic advisor to confirm offered courses will fulfil the requirement. Additional courses may be available in other College of Arts and Letters units.
ENG 314 Readings in North American Literatures 3
ENG 315 Readings in British Literatures 3
ENG 316 Readings in Irish Literature and Culture 3
ENG 318 Readings in Shakespeare 3
ENG 319 Readings in Michigan Literature 3
ENG 326 Readings in Drama and Performance Studies 3
ENG 328 Readings in Novel and Narrative 3
ENG 329 Readings in Poetry and Poetics 3
ENG 350 Readings in African, African-American, or African Diaspora Literature 3
ENG 351 Readings in Chicano and Latino Literatures 3
ENG 352 Readings in Asian/Asian American/Asian Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture 3
ENG 353 Readings in Women Writers 3
ENG 354 Readings in Native American Literature 3
ENG 355 Readings in Sexuality and Literature 3
ENG 356 Readings in Jewish Literature 3